Rosalijn Both


At Rutgers Rosalijn conducts research on SRHR and COVID-19, gender transformative approaches, pleasure and sex-positive approaches to CSE, youth-led social accountability, and meaningful and inclusive youth participation.

Rosalijn’s PhD focused on young people’s use of sexual and reproductive health technologies (e.g. emergency contraceptives and sildenafil citrate) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

After finalising her PhD, Rosalijn worked for several years in Ethiopia on relief and recovery programmes for refugees and internally displaced persons. She has also worked on livelihood and HIV-related intervention designs in Ethiopia, Kenya, Zimbabwe, and Zambia.


Humphres, E., Watson, K., Billowitz, M., Kivuvani, M., Amina, J., Both, R., & Araque, H. (under review). Measured and unmeasured contributions of peer education: Experiences from the Get Up, Speak Out for Youth Rights! (GUSO) programme in Kisumu and Siaya Counties, Kenya. Sex Education Journal.

Both, R., Castle, S., & Hensen, B. (2021). ‘I feel that things are out of my hands’. How COVID-19 prevention measures have affected young people’s sexual and reproductive health in Ghana, Indonesia, Kenya, Nepal, Uganda and Zimbabwe. Rutgers: Utrecht.

Singh, A., Both, R., & Philpott, A. (2020). ‘I tell them that sex is sweet at the right time‘. A qualitative review of ‘pleasure gaps and opportunities’ in sexuality education programmes in Ghana and Kenya. Global Public Health, 788-800.

Pima, F.M., Oshosen, M., Ngowi, K.M., Habte, B.M., Maro, E., Teffera, B.E., Kisigo, G., Swai, I.U., Msangi, S.S., Ermias, A., Mmbaga, B.T., Both, R., & Sumari-De Boer, M. (2019). Feasibility of using short message service and in-depth interviews to collect data on contraceptive use among young, unmarried, sexually active men in Moshi, Tanzania, and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: Mixed methods study with a longitudinal follow-up. JMIR Formative Research, 3(2): e12657.

Both, R. (2016). A matter of sexual confidence: young men’s non-prescription use of Viagra in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Culture, health & sexuality, 495-508.

Both, R. (2015). Emergency contraceptive use in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: challenging common assumptions about young people’s contraceptive practices. Reproductive health matters, 23(45): 58-67.

Both, R., & Samuel, F. (2014). Keeping silent about emergency contraceptives in Addis Ababa: a qualitative study among young people, service providers, and key stakeholders. BMC Women’s Health, 14:134.

Both, R. (2013). Young People’s Use and Perceptions of Emergency Contraceptives in Sub‐Saharan Africa: Existing Insights and Knowledge Gaps. Sociology Compass, 7(9): 751-761.

Moyer, E., Igonya, E.K., Both, R., Cherutich, P., & Hardon, A. (2013). The duty to disclose in Kenyan health facilities: a qualitative investigation of HIV disclosure in everyday practice. SAHARA-J: Journal of Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS, 10(S1).

Both, R., Etsub, E., & Moyer, E. (2013). ‘They were about to take out their guns on us’: accessing rural Afar communities in Ethiopia with HIV-related interventions. Culture, health & sexuality, 15(S3): S338-S350.


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